Charlotte Field Division

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Firearms Theft

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Lexington Pawn & Gun, a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL), in Lexington, S.C. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000.

Charlotte Man Charged for Attempting to Smuggle and Illegally Export Munitions Overseas

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man is facing federal charges for illegally obtaining and attempting to smuggle and export munitions to Ghana, West Africa, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The nine count indictment against Richmond Akoto Attah, 33, of Charlotte, was unsealed today in court, charging him with one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), one count of illegal firearms dealing, two counts of smuggling goods from the United States and four counts of making false statements to a firearms dealer.

Charlotte Man Sentenced to more than 10 Years in Prison on Drug and Firearm Charges

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. ordered Jerry Lee Edwards, 30, of Charlotte, to serve 130 months in prison and three years of supervised release on drug and firearm charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by C.J. Hyman, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

Cahokia Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Interstate Travel in Support of Racketeering

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On February 11, 2016, Ronald Artis, 26, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis after having previously pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and Interstate Travel In Support of Racketeering, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Artis was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 4 years of supervised release. In addition, Artis was ordered to pay a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment.

Asheville, N.C. Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Fast Food Restaurant

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On Thursday, February 11, 2016, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Gordie Leroy Penson, 38, of Asheville, to 161 months in prison for the August 2014 armed robbery of a fast food restaurant, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  Judge Reidinger also sentenced Penson to five years of supervised release. 

Macon County Federal Firearms Licensee Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison for Selling Firearms to a Prohibited Person

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A Macon County federal firearms licensee was sentenced today to a 30-month prison term for selling firearms to a prohibited person, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Philip Nelson Elliott, 55, of Franklin, N.C., was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. to serve three years under court supervision following his prison term.

Charlotte Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years for Armed Robbery and Carjacking

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier today, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. handed down a lengthy prison term to a Charlotte man involved in a 2014 armed robbery and carjacking, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Cogburn ordered Davonte Antonio Smith, 24, of Charlotte to serve 121 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

ATF Offers Reward in Commercial Arson, Fayetteville, NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward up to $5,000.00, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for a fire that occurred at Mavericks Bar, located at 2606 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina on September 9, 2015.  The investigation of this fire has resulted in the determination that it was arson.  Video surveillance showed an unidentified male suspect walking towards the business premises carrying a five gallon can.

ATF Offers Reward Up To $10,000 in Homicide/Robbery Investigations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is announcing a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for a homicide that occurred in a JC Penney parking lot, an armed robbery of a Scotchman Convenience Store, and J and J Gas & Grocery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

ATF Offers Reward Up To $2,500 in Robbery Investigations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is announcing a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the robberies of the Gold and Diamond Service Center and the Days Inn in Fayetteville, N.C.

On Jan. 7, 2016, at approximately 3:33 p.m., an unidentified armed male suspect robbed the Gold and Diamond Service Center located at 106 Highland Avenue, Fayetteville, N.C. The suspect fled the scene and has not been identified to date.

ATF Offers Reward Up To $5,000 in Homicide/Robbery Investigations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is announcing a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for a homicide that occurred in a JC Penney parking lot, an armed robbery of a Scotchman Convenience Store, and J and J Gas & Grocery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Originally named “Samuel,” Jam was renamed to honor the memory of Special Agent Johnny A. Masengale, who tragically was killed in the line of duty on May 6, 1992. His name represents the initials of Special Agent Masengale.

ATF Offers Reward in Pineville Firearms Theft

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – today announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from a Pineville, N.C. federal firearms licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $10,000.

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Almost Seventeen Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte gang member of the United Blood Nation, also known as "UBN" or "the Bloods," was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing and selling stolen firearms, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad ordered Dominic Xavier McDonald a/k/a "Bombay," 28, to serve 188 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. McDonald committed this offense while on supervised release for a previous federal gun conviction.

Federal Indictment Charges 16 with Narcotics Conspiracy Operating in Swain, Cherokee & Surrounding Counties

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A federal criminal indictment unsealed today in Asheville charges 16 men and women with narcotics conspiracy operating in Swain, Cherokee and surrounding counties, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Of the 16 defendants named in the indictment, 15 have been arrested by law enforcement. The indictment is the result of a joint federal, state and local investigation, targeting the distribution of methamphetamine in Western North Carolina.

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Precision Sports Firearms Theft

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CHARLOTTE – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Precision Sports, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $10,000.

Armed Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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CHARLOTTE, NC - Today, Chief Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Davion Junior Gales, age 29, of West Jefferson, North Carolina, to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, money laundering conspiracy, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Buncombe Co. Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison on Armed Robbery and Gun Charges

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Anthony Lamont Hill, 31, of Fletcher, N.C., was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for his role in the 2013 armed robbery of a Dollar General store in Woodfin, N.C., announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Senior U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen also sentenced Hill to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $4,750 as restitution.

ATF Offers Reward in Church Arson, Charlotte, N.C.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for a Charlotte, N.C., church arson.

On June 24, 2015, a fire damaged the recreational building on the Briar Creek Baptist Church campus located at 1451 Briar Creek Road in Charlotte. The fire caused approximately $250,000 in structural and smoke damage to the recreational building. An investigation disclosed the fire was incendiary and it was determined to be arson.

Law Enforcement Offers Reward in Officer Shooting, Moncks Corner, S.C.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Law enforcement agencies today announces a reward up to $11,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Will Rogers.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward up to $5,000 which will be matched by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, the Crime Stoppers of the Low Country will contribute $1,000 for a total of $11,000.

North Carolina Man Sentenced to Serve 243 Months in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization

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WASHINGTON – A North Carolina man was sentenced to 243 months in federal prison, followed by a term of three years supervised release, for attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and possession of firearm by a felon, announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand of the Middle District of North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge John Strong of the FBI’s Charlotte, North Carolina, Division.

ATF Offers Reward for fugitive, Longs, S.C.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward up to $5,000.00, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of murder suspect Lakenneth L. Clarida.

On October 6, 2014, on Highway 57, in Longs, S.C., Mr. Lakenneth L. Clarida shot and subsequently killed Tanya James. Afterwards, he fled the scene and has been a fugitive since that time. Clarida is a multi-convicted felon as should be considered armed and dangerous.

This violent crime is being investigated by ATF and the Horry County Police Department.

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